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Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor

(30 May 2018)

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to put their questions to the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Stuart Corbridge will answer questions at a ‘University and City: Question Time’ community engagement event.

This will be held in The Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre at the Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham City, DH1 3LE, on Thursday 21 June, from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Growing together

The event is part of the University’s commitment to work with residents, businesses, staff, students and other partners to ensure there is a positive environment for all who live, work and study in Durham.

A first ‘University and City: Growing together’ community engagement event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham City, in April, was attended by around 250 people.

Subsequently, the University published a summary of feedback as a basis for further discussion and to inform next steps.

Linked to this work, a new Community Engagement Task Force will meet for the first time this week and the University’s first Community Liaison Officer will begin work in June.

Submit your question

Responding to feedback, the June event will be a question-and-answer session with Professor Corbridge, following an opening presentation from the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s strategy for growth and an update on the work of our Community Engagement Task Force.

To allow as many people as possible to be heard, questions may be submitted in advance, by emailing: university.strategy@durham.ac.uk. Following submitted questions, there will also be a time of open questions and discussion.

Places in The Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre are limited. Members of the public are invited to register by emailing: event.four@durham.ac.uk; or calling 0191 334 9354. Those who have pre-registered will be admitted by priority, before any remaining places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Some free parking is available in the Engineering car park at the University, which is accessed from Stockton Road. 

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm and the event will start at 6pm.

Positive environment

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “We are committed to working with our local communities to ensure a positive environment for all who live, work and study in our great City.

“We have been carefully considering all the feedback received both at and since our first community engagement event, and this will inform the work of the Task Force when it begins work this week.

“It is clear that there is a strong desire for greater communication between the University and its neighbours and partners in the City, and we are pleased to announce details of our second engagement event.

“We hope many will be able to join us on Thursday 21 June.”

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